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17 New ways to go green this Earth Day

April 17, 2019

Earth Day celebrates the planet we call home, and ways in which we can benefit Mother Earth. This year, we have compiled a list of businesses from our network that can help you make a difference through your purchases.

Black Sheep Mattress Co makes their mattresses by hand using organic and sustainable materials right here in Calgary.
BluPlanet Recycling provides waste management solutions to businesses and multi-family homes alike, including recycling, composting, and trash removal services.
Blush Lane recently launched new recyclable packaging for its in-house brand Be Fresh. Once empty, its resealable bags (not accepted by traditional curbside pickup) can be brought back to Blush Lane locations where they will be recycled into patio furniture and paving stones. You can also save the environment by ordering groceries online through SPUD.
Bullfrog Power is Canada’s leading provider of sustainable energy, and a longtime partner of REAP, offsetting over 1 million tonnes of CO2 collectively across the country.
Claudia’s Choices is a sustainable laundry detergent company, specializing in refillable packaging and eco-friendly products.
Devil’s Head Coffee is a local roasterie working to be zero-waste, from composting old coffee grounds and burlap to offering refill services for its grounds and newly-launched cold brew coffee.
Dryleaf makes compostable plates out of fallen leaves without the use of harsh chemicals. Its manufacturing processes are based out of India, providing safe and meaningful employment to the nearby communities.
Eclipse Sustainability Projects provides solar energy solutions, from lights to internal heating.
GoElectric is a locally-owned car dealership that specializes in used electric cars and retrofitting gas-powered cars to be electric – the only one of its kind in Calgary.
Greengate Garden Centres is a long-standing family-owned garden store in the south of Calgary, touting everything a green thumb would need to grow a beautiful garden.
Hop Compost offers closed-loop composting services to locally-owned restaurants and grocery stores in Calgary to create high-end compost for residential use. Available at Greengate Garden Centre.
LEAF is a certification mark for green restaurants in Canada. Every year around Earth Day, LEAF releases its list of Canada’s Greenest Restaurants. We are thrilled to see REAP members Deane House, Fiasco Gelato, River Café, and the Café at Community Natural Foods make this year’s list.
Soiled Diapers Composting takes dirty diapers – a product not currently allowed in curbside bins – and using innovative technology is turning them into compost, offsetting landfill waste for years to come.
SwizzleSticks SalonSpa is a long-standing green spa, from the products on its shelves to the extra-mile services, such as recycling hair clippings to be made into oil berms, which soak up oil spills from our oceans.
The Apothecary in Inglewood is Calgary’s one-stop zero waste shop. From its extensive refillery to a wide array of reusable bags, straws, bottles and more.
True Buch is Canada’s first draught kombucha company and strives every day to achieve zero waste. From composting and recycling initiatives to its well-known refillable growler program.
Vertical Oxygen creates living walls for installation in homes, offices, and schools. Living walls are like small vertical gardens, that beautify and purify spaces.


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